My Week in Athens… Apr 4

  • by XpatAthens
  • Thursday, 05 February 2015
My Week in Athens… Apr 4
Moving week! This week was my ‘big move’. Having gone through this process numerous times in my life (across cities and across continents), I can’t say that I remember a time when I ‘enjoyed’ it. But, given everything that could and has gone wrong in the past, I must admit that this move was one of the smoothest…

Sunday started with my utter confusion at the correct time – I wasn’t sure what clocks/phones/computers/watches had been changed, so I didn’t know if our 7am start was really 8am, or 6am. But when all my helpers arrived at ‘8am’, the day started.

I ended up hiring a guy with a moving truck, who was perfectly efficient and experienced and new exactly what should go where. He was on time, well priced, and a nice guy. Good call! And when I saw him manoeuver his truck through the narrow lanes of central Athens, I knew this guy was a pro. Nothing broken, nothing lost, nothing forgotten – a success.

The best part of the whole process was the group of friends who pitched in to help with the move. It wouldn’t have happened so easily without them. And at the end of it all, a visit from my pals to welcome me in my new place made a perfect end to a long day…

So, after more bubble paper, plastic wrap and sticky tape than I could imagine, the job was done and I closed the door on the old place, and opened the door on the new one. I think I’m going to enjoy living in the centre – the energy, the neighbourhoods, that Acropolis.

Sometimes change is good just for the sake of change. ‘New beginnings’ and all that… Well, I fully agree. Go ahead, change something, change anything. And pop in for a coffee while you’re at it ;)

Until next week,


In this weekly space, keep up with ‘Jack’ as he navigates daily life in Athens… Anecdotes, stories, hits & misses, the good, the bad and, well, the rest…